Food for Thought
The internet holds a plethora of recipes from across the globe. Choose one and make a plan to cook it with your child while exploring the dining customs of your chosen culture. One fun and easy recipe is la tortilla española, the Spanish tortilla or omelette. Make the tortilla and eat it with your child during a long lunch, followed by a siesta, as is customary in southern Spain. Use the tortilla as a jumping off point to talk about Spain and the history of tapas. Besides enjoying a tasty meal, your child will discover important elements of Spanish culture, such as shared meals and adapting to life in a hot climate. Below are links to making and learning about the Spanish tortilla, but a quick Google or Pinterest search will help you prepare for whatever meal you choose.
Books, Movies, and TV
Those days when you and your child just want to curl up with a good book or a movie and some popcorn are the perfect time to keep the cultural immersion going. There are many great places to purchase Spanish language books for your child, which we explored in our last blog. Read with your child and talk about where the characters live and what their lives are like. You can even break out the globe and search for their home country or city. Cultural immersion isn’t just for bookworms though. On Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Pantaya (a Spanish-language streaming service), you can find a wide variety of movies and TV shows in Spanish for children. From all corners of the globe, these programs truly capture the spirit of Hispanic countries and will give your child a unique lense into the lifestyles of Spanish speakers from all different cultures. Sharing a moment together watching a show or movie allows you to be more involved in your child’s cultural explorations, and might even inspire a VR trip the home of the characters.